Southern Baptists become first to require vaccines as agencies navigate health requirements and travel restrictions. COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board—which deploys thousands of missionaries—is not hesitant about the shot. The global agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest evangelical Protestant denomination in the US, announced this month it is requiring vaccinations for missionaries they’re sending into the field amid the pandemic. The IMB may be the first US missionary agency known to have such a mandate, according to leaders in the field, as other faith groups approach the…